Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has attributed the giant strides of his administration in agricultural development and other sector of the economy to the pivotal role of the Federal Government in granting approval for the Central Bank of Nigeria to sponsor the Anchor’s Borrowers Scheme that has fast tracked the development of agriculture in all states of the Federation.
Governor Emmanuel bared his mind while exchanging views with Government House Correspondents on arrival at Ibom International Airport from an official engagement in Abuja.
He noted that agricultural development has been the initiative of the Federal Government and explained that states key into the project to ensure wealth creation and food sufficiency.
“I don’t want to to take credit for that, we should thank the President of the country who has given approval for the Central Bank to fund the Anchor’s Borrowers Scheme which the states have benefitted.”
The Governor pointed out that the power sector is in dire need of attention and called on the Federal Government to intervene in the distribution of power to save the sector from imminent collapse. “There’s need to intervene especially in the area of transmission. States like ours are able to generate but cannot transmit. It’s a problem,” he noted.
Governor Emmanuel said that Akwa Ibom State has not received its share of 13% derivation fund for two months and has complained to the appropriate authority awaiting necessary action.
He particularly appealed to the Federal Government to reimburse the state over the N140 Billion expended on the repairs of Federal infrastructures within the state, saying if 50% of such money is paid, the state would be able to add value to its infrastructural consolidation now that the dry season has approached.
He described as successful the National Economic Council meeting as well as the meeting of the Governor ‘s Forum saying that far reaching decisions that would ginger the Country’s development were reached at the meeting.
The State Deputy Governor Mr Mosses Ekpo, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barr Onofiok Luke, Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren, Head of Civil Service Mrs Ekerebong Akpan, and Permanent Secretaries were on hand to receive the Governor.